Hamilton has a community garden build going on tomorrow

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Published August 19, 2022 at 2:27 pm

No experience — just energy and enthusiasm — is needed to help with breaking ground on a new community garden in a downtown Hamilton park.

On Saturday morning, Roots To Justice, a Hamilton not-for-profit group, will be leading a community garden build at J.C. Beemer Park, at the corner of Victoria and Wilson streets. The group is focused on supporting disabled, racialized, Black and indigenous communities with having steady access to locally-grown food.

Since March 2020, Roots To Justice has helped feed about 6,500 people in Hamilton, during a period when food and grocery costs have been rising in Southern Ontario.

“This has been a long time in the making with so many people dedicating their time!” Rowa Mohamed, a well-known social justice activist in Hamilton, wrote on Twitter. “I know gardens are not the solution to food security, but I am excited for how the garden will transform the space and all the teaching and learning to come.”

The build starts at 9:30 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 20). Roots To Justice says all are welcome and bringing a refillable water bottle is recommended. The forecast high for Hamilton tomorrow is 31C, and people in the lower city often experiences more trapped humidity than other areas.

 

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Since 2020, Roots To Justice has drawn support for than $100,000 in private donations. It also supported by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Second Harvest Food Rescue and the governmental Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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